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Md. fireboat sinks during training, crew rescued

Anne Arundel County FD Fireboat 41 started taking on water amid heavy winds along Chesapeake Bay


Dan Belson
The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — An Anne Arundel County Fire Department boat sunk Monday afternoon off the coast of Gibson Island. The four people onboard have been rescued and are not injured.

The county’s Fireboat 41, based out of Shady Side, started taking on water after 3 p.m. Monday amid heavy winds along the Chesapeake, and sunk shortly after, according to a fire department spokesperson.

The boat was being used by the county’s Fireboat 19 team, based out of Cape St. Claire, for training Monday afternoon. Two of the firefighters on the boat were training for their boat certification, according to fire department Lieutenant Jennifer Macallair.

The fire department’s fleet of fireboats typically respond to marine emergencies, such as water rescues. She said training operations for marine emergency personnel continue through hazardous weather conditions.

Department of Natural Resources Police were able to bring the four occupants of the boat back to shore at Sandy Point State Park, said Lauren Moses, a spokesperson for that agency.


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